When you solicit input from staff and then receive it, just ignore it. Toss it in the trash. Make SURE you do not even acknowledge it. The creativity level of your staff will start to dry up. The morale will drop. Future requests for input will be met with derision and a noticeable lack of response.
When consultants take on the role of judge and jury on all curriculum items and give the attitude that they want to hear from you, but then act as if the input they receive is below their superior level of knowledge, a wall is built.
Weary becomes wary and most staffs quickly grow tired of trying to climb that wall.
When any district's central office takes on an air of WE KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR ALL, there is nothing good that come of it.
Who is making all the decisions? Small committees? How often are the instructional leaders of your district polled...or better yet, called together as a whole to discuss major curriculum initiatives?
And is their input really heard?
Beware the "help" that comes in the guise of initiatives which you are told have have been universally agreed to and you were never consulted about. Beware the consultants to won't make eye-contact, merely nod, and then proceeds as if you never spoke.
A good C&I department can be the most benficial component in helping campus instructional leaders improve their campus. A lousy C&I department is just in the way and is a waste of money.
Which do you have? Consultants that roll up their sleeves, jump in the trenches with you, and get dirty? Or do you have the type that sits on the mountain top and dispenses advice based on the latest workshop they attended?